Shah Rukh Khan revealed that he got into acting to fill the void left by the sudden death of both parents
Shah Rukh lost his father when he was 15 and mother at 26. Their departure was sudden and overwhelming enough to take over his life, the actor revealed to Rani Mukerji, who interviewed him as part of a promotional series for her film Hichki.
The Bollywood superstar’s parents passed away before having the opportunity to watch him rise to the top of the industry. The actor disclosed that he went into acting as a form of self-medication, in order to come to terms with his parents’ death.
“I was 15 when my father passed away and 26 when my mother passed away. It was very sad for us. The empty house without my parents used to come to bite us. The loneliness, pain and sadness of the loss of both my parents, could have been overwhelming enough to take over my life wholly,” he said.
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Shortly after Shah Rukh's sister became depressed and the actor has even since been taking care of his sibling.
“I decided to overcome this Hichki moment by letting acting fill up my entire life. My parents went away suddenly. We got to know they had cancer and within two and a half months, they were gone. I didn’t know what to do. I just felt one night, while at their mazaar that I should fill this void with something. I got a fortunate break in films. For me, acting is not work but a place to vent out my feelings,” he added.
“I always say this that one morning, when I wake up, I will realize that I have spent all these emotions and now have nothing more to give (as an actor). Otherwise, death is a hiccup from which there is no coming back. I realized that and therefore, overcame it by giving my work, my all,” the actor said.
Shah Rukh Khan is currently working on his next project, Pathan, starring alongside Deepika Padukone, for the fourth time.